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Paradiso Lite is a commentators' box for 3 commentators. It can be used by itself to provide the commentary facilities alongside an OB truck for small events or multiple Paradiso Lites can be used at large events that require Worldwide broadcast coverage.
Audio links between the Paradiso and other equipment are by Dante (AES67 compliant) complete with redundant copper links. Analogue I/O and AES3 I/O are also provided directly from the unit for local connections and / or another layer of redundancy.
The Paradiso Lite has been designed to be intuitive & easy to use for Commentators who would rather be talking about the game than working out how the equipment works, and is also built to our exacting rugged & robust standard to make it a reliable piece of broadcast equipment for the busy engineer.
Paradiso Lite Commentators’ Box
DANTE Audio Network
Fully Redundant Copper Network Connections
If an IP link fails you have no broadcast! Our system provides fully redundant glitch free audio & data transport across any of the 2 copper network interfaces.
Automatic Adjustment For High or Low Impedance Headphones
Our unique headphone amplifiers automatically provide the correct drive level to high or low impedance headphones.
Instinctive Mic Gain Setting Information
When adjusting a mic's input gain, the PPM automatically changes to display just the level of mic input currently being altered.
Multiple Power Sources
For complete failsafe redundancy the Paradiso can be powered from any of the following sources: PoE (2 off), Wide Range Mains or external DC.
Local Analogue & AES3 I/O
For 100% reliability local analogue & AES3 I/O is provided as complementary audio connectivity to the network audio.
Referee Compressor/ Limiter
Glensound’s World renowned Referee compressor limiter system keeps even the loudest commentators sounding great.
GlenControler remote control/ setup application allows hundreds of different parameters of the Paradiso to configured to meet the users requirements.
8 off Audio Volume Controls for Each Commentators with Pan
On the top panel are 24 rotary headphone volume encoders. Internally they are connected to a DSP matrix and the sources can be set depending upon your preference.
At the top of the front panel on the right hand side is a row of clear bright yellow LEDs. When an encoder is turned to adjust the volume, this row of LEDs illuminate to show the current position of that encoder. When the encoder is used to adjust the pan of the source then this row of LEDs illuminate with a single LED indicating the current panned position.
Turning the encoder adjusts the volume, and simultaneously pressing down and turning the encoder adjusts the pan.
Peak Programme Meter (PPM)
The source of the PPM can be customised but is normally the outgoing programme mix. When a front panel gain control is adjusted the PPM automatically shows just the level from that input.
Robust Mic on and Talkback Buttons
There are 4 off round bright illuminated talkback buttons and 1 large square illuminated mic on button for each of the 3 commentators. The audio circuits that the outputs of these switches are routed to can be fully configured. The operation of these switches (momentary, latching etc) and the interaction of these switches (i.e. pressing a talkback switch mutes the main mic) can be fully configured by the windows 10 app.
There are 3 balanced audio inputs one for each commentator. Each of these inputs can be selected to accept a Microphone or Line level source. 48V phantom power can be turned on if in microphone mode.
A very high quality remote controlled microphone amplifier has been used followed by an exceptional analogue to digital convertor to make the audio quality the best that it can possibly be.
The gain control is a rotary encoder with a clear plastic shaft. When the gain control is operated the front panel PPM automatically solos the source to allow unambiguous gain settings. The clear plastic shaft has an internal red LED that is illuminated if an input level is close to clipping, thus allowing quick diagnostics of a gain level that has been set too high.
Intelligent Headphone Output Circuits
Our unique intelligent headphone output circuits automatically adjust the output level to suit both high and low impedance headphones. Traditional broadcast high impedance headphones require a large output level to produce enough volume in the headphones, whereas low impedance headphones require much less level to produce a proportional output level. This means that whatever headphones you connect to the Paradiso you’ll have enough audio output for even the loudest of environments.
Plus our headphone amplifiers can accept mono as well as stereo headphones.
In addition to the three commentators' inputs there is a 4th ‘Auxiliary’ Input. This is provided on a stereo 3.5mm jack socket and is suitable for connection to the outputs of domestic recording devices such as a mobile phone.
Redundant Powering Options
The Pardiso can be powered from any of 4 different sources:
1) Wide range Mains Input (suitable fo Worlwide use)
2) PoE on the Primary CAT5 Network link
3) PoE on the Secondary CAT5 Network link
4) External 12V DC
Primary & Secondary Copper Network Connections with PoE
Two CAT6 connections on Neutrik Ethercons (that accept standard networking cables) are provided to allow copper connections to local network switches to carry the Dante / AES67 audio. Two connections are fitted to allow redundant circuits to be used if required.
Both these connectors can accept a PoE power source for providing the power to the Paradiso Lite.
Analogue Inputs & Outputs
Five analogue inputs and outputs are provided for backup or local I/O purposes. These circuits are routed internally via the DSP and therefore can be routed to and from any location including Dante circuits required.
AES & GPIO
A D9 socket provides 4 general purpose input / outputs (GPIO) for connection to red lights, TB systems or external switches. The same D9 socket also has an AES3 input & output circuit for further audio connectivity.
Glitch Free Redundant Network Audio
Our Dante network audio interface provides 100% resilience with its primary & secondary network connections. If one connection is lost the other takes over completely free of any noise, dropped packets or audio glitches.
Low Noise Microphone Amplifier With Remote Gain
We spent a long time optimising the performance of the THAT corporation microphone amplifier used in the Paradiso. It features very low noise & distortion circuit that we remote control the gain of in 0.5dB steps, which allows us to provide the remote Windows 10 app gain control as well as the front panel rotary encoders. We also optimised the circuits to allow correct source impedance switching depending on whether the input has been set as a mic or line input.
Referee Compressor Limiter
As with all our commentary units the Paradiso Lite features our very popular Referee compressor limiter circuit. This circuit starts to compress the commentator’s voice gradually and slowly increases the compression ratio as the input level becomes overly high resulting in a very natural sounding and distortion free audio output capable of taming even the loudest of commentators.
High Quality Analogue To Digital Converter (ADC)
Dante / AES67 network audio is a digital circuit and as such the best analogue microphone amplifier would be wasted if we hadn’t paired it up with the best analogue to digital converter. The ADC's job is in theory fairly simple however if you look at our tech spec you’ll see that we’ve made ours work incredibly well.
Unique Headphone Amplifiers
The commentator’s headphones are a vitally important tool so we take as much care with our headphone amplifiers as with our on air mic amps. Our unique headphone amplifier provides the correct output level regardless of the impedance of the attached headphones, meaning that broadcasters can now pick and choose between low impedance ‘cheap’ headphones and high impedance traditional broadcast ones.
The sophisticated modern Windows 10 App allows full remote control and set up of all the features of the Paradiso Lite.
The App connects to the Paradiso Lite via the same network as the Dante audio circuits and provides a reliable redundant control system via both the primary and secondary network interfaces, meaning that even if one of the 2 networks were to become disconnected the remote control would continue to work.
One App can connect to multiple Paradiso Lites and multiple Apps running on different PCs can connect to a single Paradiso Lite. The App provides the ability to lock out other users from controlling a Paradiso Lite and this facility can be password protected, meaning only authorised personnel can change the settings on a Paradiso Lite.
For users regularly using the units at different events and functions, settings can be saved and assigned names for quick recall and imported / exported between different Paradiso Lites.
The App provides day to day operation such as turning mics on/off, adjusting microphone gains, seeing PPM levels, viewing/ adjusting headphone level controls and changing graffity on the ePaper displays.
It also provides full facilities to allow complete customisation of the Paradiso Lite's features, including but not limited to:
As the Paradiso Lite shares its firmware with the original Paradiso, please see the Firmware Latest Version tabs on the Paradiso's web page for firmware updates and info.
The App that controls the Paradiso Lite is GlenController. The latest version and further information is available on the GlenController's webpage.
The Paradiso Lite has been tested with and works with Dante Domain Manager.
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